In Switzerland, the Three Kings cake is made from sweet yeast dough , which is formed into balls, arranged in a flower-shape and sprinkled with almonds and coarse sugar.
There are various types of Three Kings’ cakes found throughout Switzerland. All have a white plastic king figure “hidden” inside. The person who finds this piece is then “King or Queen for the Day” meaning he or she gets to choose what to do during that day and also what chores to avoid. No washing dishes, no cleaning up, no cooking?!
The Three Kings’ cake is one of the most popular traditions in Switzerland. At the Iowa AG alone, which is Migros’ bakery wholesale distributor produced over 500’000 pieces in 2000. His rival Coop managed to sell over 250,000. This is without counting the hundred of thousands cakes sold in bakeries throughout the country. The total sales amount to approx 1.5 million cakes. Now beat that. No other celebration is so widely spread across this tiny, multi-cultured country.
Most Swiss buy their Epiphany cake at the local bakery or supermarket.
However, home-made always tastes best. Following is an easy and fast recipe to make with your kids. And who knows, if you’re lucky, you might not even have to do the washing up!!!
You might also want to read about the Ticino tradition of the Befana on Epifany Day. Click here to discover more.